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OPERATIVE COOPERATION TO BE RUSSIA-NATO COUNCIL'S PRIORITY

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - The top priority of the Russia-NATO Council for 2005 should be the development of operative cooperation, Director of the NATO Information Office in Moscow Isabelle Francois said live on the Echo of Moscow radio.

Military exercises will be used most actively. In the Mediterranean Russian and American warships will act together to make such contacts more specific, she said.

Russia-NATO cooperation should go from conference halls into the field, she said.

The Russian authorities, which are ready to work closely with NATO, actively support cooperation, Francois said.

The NATO spokesman in Russia believes that interaction between Russia and the North Atlantic alliance should set an example of cooperation between Russian and foreign armies.

Francois also said that the 2005 program of the Russia-NATO Council is ample and multifarious, including work of 17 groups for cooperation in different areas.



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